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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 4, 2006 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Another Re-Discovery

This post is more of a follow up to some earlier discussions we had about old music that we had "re-discovered" recently and how many folks answered with Steely Dan stuff. Well, today I found another one I had not heard in years - much to my own detriment: Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly". Wow, this one is huge from beginning to end. While definitely reminiscent of the Steely Dan's sound, it stands out mostly on its own, with severl people having called it one of their "desert island" picks. I realize Fagen's sound is not for everyone, but if you do like Steely Dan and are not familiar with this album, you should be!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 4, 2006 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

LOVE that band. Have to admit starting with Gaucho and after Nightfly Fagin started going down the road of Cheese Jazz a little too much for my tastes - plus a little Michael McDonald goes a LONG way with me. I dunno, maybe I'm afraid I'll turn into my Mom and start listening to Billy Ocean or worse.

Anyway - Steely Dan is a GREAT band, I come back to them often. Love their prescision, subtleties, and wit.Also I'm a sucker for seedy underbelly perverse kind of lyrics and imagery, especially with the contrast of the upbeat smiley sound if that makes sense. Also FYI - their catelog is VERY reasonably priced and in fact their box set is their entire catelog through Gaucho combined on four discs and is ridiculously low priced at $40 or something like that.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 4, 2006 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

I agree on the Michael McDonald feeling. If you've ever seen "40 Year Old Virgin", the fact that they wrote that in the movie leads me to believe that there are quite a few of us. I also agree that Steely Dan lost its "edge" in the Gaucho phase, but if you've heard "Two Against Nature", they were able to get some of it back. I like Nightfly just because it is so different and as a "theme" album, it succeeds very well in getting that cold war, 50's feel down pat.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2006-12-04 20:23:00

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Poster: DeadDave50 Date: Dec 4, 2006 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Was listening to Royal Scam just 10 min ago,love the Dan....Pretzel Logic one of my favs......

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 4, 2006 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Love both those albums

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 4, 2006 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Aja is pretty brilliant, too.

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Poster: DeadDave50 Date: Dec 4, 2006 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Oh yes,how did I forget that...everytime I play it I flash back to my early days in Houston..was wild place in late 70`s.......

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 4, 2006 12:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

For me, Aja is their crowning acheivement. Will never get tired of that one.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 4, 2006 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

What or when was the earlier thread re: Steely Dan?

Cliff digs Steely Dan...

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 5, 2006 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Sorry this took so long, but Steely Dan was mentioned quite a few times in the following thread:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=81698

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 4, 2006 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Don't get me started on the Dan, now.

Okay, get me started.

Forgive me for being Top 40 and all, but isn't New Frontier on The Nightfly?

Me and Walter and Donald go way back. And Skunk Baxter, too, even if I am a registered Democrat.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 5, 2006 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Yea, New Frontier is on there. By itself, a bit poppy, but when taken in context with the whole album it makes sense.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 5, 2006 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Hello SDH - any thoughts on Morph the Cat? I haven't heard any of it and wondered if it was worth an investment. (Type back quietly so as not to alert the anti-non-Dead Gestapo that lurks hearabouts...)

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 5, 2006 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Typing as quietly as possible, don't read this too loud either! As for Morph the Cat, have not purchased it yet myself, but friends whom I trust have told me that at first they were unsure about it, but that it began to grow on them. At this point, they don't rate it as high as Nightfly, but in another month or two that may change. Whichever of us breaks down and gets it will have to post something (under the veil of a Dead post, like "Recent Fagen Albums Jerry would Have Loved")here.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 5, 2006 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

i cannot believe i just read that post silently to myself in a "whisper" - omg i have problems!!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 5, 2006 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Wolfie - by the sounds of it your problems got problems...

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 5, 2006 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

"Anti-Non Dead Gestapo Police" Most excellent. But I didn't say that; for a pack of cigarrettes and a bar of soap I'll tell you who did.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 5, 2006 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

hey I reckon if we just call the post upfront 'Morph the Cat' most folks round here will think we're having a learned discussion on ChinaCat/Rider transitions...

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 5, 2006 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Oooh-good one!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 4, 2006 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

As far back as when the Fagen and Becker were in Jay and the Americans?

BTW...Love that New York Rock & Soul Review.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 5, 2006 3:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Re-Discovery

Earl,
I'll have to look into that because it escapes right me right now what Jay & The Americans' big hit(s) was (were). I saw the NY Rock & Soul Revue-Boz! Phoebe Snow!-and it just came up in conversation four nights ago. Twice in the same week? Oooooohhhh, weird!